Ioan Gruffudd’s 13-year-old daughter has accused him and his girlfriend of “abuse,” according to court documents filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court. Ella Evans, the daughter of the actor and his former wife Alice Evans, claimed that her father’s girlfriend, Bianca Wallace, physically harmed her during a heated argument at their home.
In the document, which was obtained by the Daily Mail, Ella alleged that Bianca “slammed a door on her head,” causing bruises as she tried to leave the residence. The 13-year-old expressed fear that her younger sister Elsie might also be subjected to abuse, requesting a five-year restraining order against Bianca for both herself and her sister.
The incident occurred during Ella’s first encounter with Bianca at her father’s apartment. Ella described a furious argument that erupted over Bianca’s presence, revealing that she had previously expressed her reluctance to meet her father’s new girlfriend. Tensions escalated, leading Ella to throw food at her father out of anger.
Ella explained, “I was so mad at my dad because this was an overnight visit, and I had told him in the past that I didn’t want to meet his girlfriend who was now his live-in girlfriend.” She also admitted to pouring milk on her father’s bed, spilling mustard on the floor, and throwing oatmeal at him. In response, Ioan allegedly called her “manipulative,” “abusive,” and “narcissistic.”
According to the court filing, as Ella tried to leave the apartment, Bianca forcefully shut the door, causing it to strike Ella’s head and arm. The teenager sustained bruises on her arm, providing photographic evidence to support her claims.
Ella’s request for a five-year restraining order aims to prevent Bianca from approaching her, her sister, their home, schools, and vehicle within a 100-yard radius. The temporary restraining order has yet to be granted, and a court hearing is scheduled for June 23 to review the case.
Ioan and Alice are already engaged in a contentious custody battle over Ella and Elsie. The couple ended their 14-year marriage in January 2021, with Ioan publicly acknowledging his relationship with Bianca later that year. In July 2022, Ioan filed for joint custody of their daughters in response to Alice’s request for sole custody.
Both Ioan and Alice have faced financial challenges, leading to the sale of their $2 million marital home in Los Angeles, as Ioan claimed he could no longer afford it. Meanwhile, Alice and the children relocated to a new rented residence.
These allegations from Ella shed light on the complicated dynamics and ongoing custody dispute within the family. The court proceedings will ultimately determine the validity of the restraining order and make decisions regarding the well-being and custody arrangements for the children.